Florida Panthers win NHL draft lottery

The Florida Panthers will pick first overall in the NHL draft for the first time since 1994, when...

The Florida Panthers will pick first overall in the NHL draft for the first time since 1994, when they grabbed defenceman Ed Jovanovski at No. 1. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

A year ago, the 2013 NHL draft lottery saw the last-place Florida Panthers leapfrogged by the Colorado Avalanche in the Nathan MacKinnon sweepstakes.

On Tuesday, the Panthers got a semblance of revenge.

This time, it was 29th-place Florida moving up, hopping over the 30th-place Buffalo Sabres to land the top selection in the 2014 lottery. The Panthers have not selected No. 1 in two decades, having taken Ed Jovanovski first overall in 1994.

It marked the fourth consecutive season in which the NHL's last place team did not get the first overall pick.

"It means a lot to us, we're very excited," Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola told TSN. "We're looking to continue to build on (our) top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high."


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